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Terrance James, Commissioner of Corrections at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 11, 2020 (SKNIS): Terrance James, Commissioner of Corrections at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), said it is important for families, communities, and churches to interact meaningfully with children as they play an integral role in raising productive children and creating a safe and healthy environment for them to live.

“The family is an integral part of society. If you start instilling the right and wrong in a child from an early age they will stay on the straight and narrow,” said Mr. James, while appearing on November 11 edition of ‘Working for You.’ “When an individual reaches the prison, it is because something has gone wrong.”

Commissioner James reflected on years gone by where children had to attend multiple Sunday schools from a very tender age. At these Sunday schools, children were exposed to the teaching of morals, values, and discipline.

He noted that schools and churches also play a pivotal role in the upbringing of children and their development.

“There are times when we call on the church only for certain things and we think that the church should be there all the time. The church also plays an integral part in our society. We at Her Majesty’s Prison have the different denomination of church coming into the prison to have sessions with the inmates,” he said, adding that for most of 2020, sessions halted due to COVID-19.

The Commissioner of Corrections said the institution looks forward to restarting the programme as the inmates look forward to the spiritual sessions.

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